A view of Winsdor from the Thames, ca. 1806 - 1812
William Havell (1782 - 1857)
RA Collection: Art
A view of Windsor from the Thames, drawn in monochrome brown watercolour with white highlights.
Havell exhibited a view of the 'Winchester Tower, Windsor' at the Royal Academy in 1806 and various views of Windsor at the Watercolour Society in 1806, 1807 and 1808. He also produced a detailed view of 'Windsor Castle from the Thames' in 1812 which was engraved by his cousins Robert and Daniel Havell and published with eleven other plates as Picturesque Views of the Thames.
This work comes from one of sixteen volumes of Royal Academy Annual Exhibition catalogues that were collected and extra-illustrated by the lawyer and antiquarian Edward Basil Jupp F.S.A. (1812 - 1877). The catalogues span the period from the first annual exhibition in 1769 up to 1875. Jupp added drawings, prints, letters and autographs by, or referring to, Academicians and other exhibitors at the Academy's annual exhibition.
E.B. Jupp was a solicitor who married Eliza Kay, daughter of the architect William Porden Kay. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a clerk of the Carpenters' Company, of which he published a history. Jupp amassed a large collection of paintings by British and Dutch artists, drawings, prints, books and porcelain most of which was sold after his death, at Christie's in February 1878.
Many of the drawings in Jupp's Royal Academy extra-illustrated volumes were bought from art sales during the 1860s. He was also acquainted with a number of contemporary artists and several drawings in the later volumes (along with many of the letters and autographs) were sent from the artists themselves.
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